Check out these crowd-pleasing winter stew recipes: choose between a beef stew in red wine sauce and a vegan stew, or both!
Beef Stew in Red Wine Sauce
The French know a thing or two about great cuisine. This hearty beef stew is your new go-to recipe when you’re looking for the ultimate winter comfort food.
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 2 pounds trimmed beef flatiron steak or chuck, cut into 8 pieces
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 cup finely chopped onion
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1 (750-milliliter) bottle dry red wine
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 thyme sprig
- 1 (5-ounce) piece of pancetta
- 2 1/4 cups water, divided
- 15 pearl or small cipollini onions, peeled
- 15 cremini mushrooms
- 15 baby carrots, peeled
- Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a large enameled cast-iron casserole, melt the butter in 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Arrange the meat in the casserole in a single layer and season with salt and pepper. Cook over moderately high heat, turning occasionally, until browned on all sides, 8 minutes. Add the chopped onion and garlic and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the onion is softened, 5 minutes. Add the flour and stir to coat the meat with it. Add the wine, bay leaves, and thyme, season with salt and pepper, and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve any brown bits stuck to the bottom of the pot.
- Cover the casserole and transfer it to the oven. Cook the stew for 1 1/2 hours, until the meat is very tender and the sauce is flavorful.
- Meanwhile, in a saucepan, cover the pancetta with 2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Drain the pancetta and slice it 1/2-inch thick, then cut the slices into 1-inch-wide lardons.
- In a large skillet, combine the pancetta, pearl onions, mushrooms, and carrots. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1/4 cup of water, and a large pinch each of sugar, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer until almost all of the water has evaporated, 15 minutes. Uncover and cook over high heat, tossing, until the vegetables are tender and nicely browned, about 4 minutes.
- To serve, stir some of the vegetables and lardons into the stew and scatter the rest on top as a garnish. Top with a little chopped parsley.
Vegan Stew (Pressure Cooker or Stove Top)
No matter where you fall on the plant-based spectrum, this hearty, healthy, delectable recipe is sure to please even your most carnivorous friends. Aside from being delicious, it’s also packed with nutrients: protein, fiber, and low in fat.
- Pressure Cooker
- 1 yellow onion finely chopped
- 5 cloves garlic minced
- 4 carrots peeled and sliced
- 2 pounds yellow potatoes peeled and chopped into 1.5″ pieces (approx. 3 large potatoes)
- 8 ounce (227g) package baby bella mushrooms (or cremini) halved
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 1 cup frozen corn
- ½ cup red wine
- 5.5 ounce can tomato paste
- ¾ cup green or brown lentils
- 4 cups low sodium vegetable broth
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1.5 teaspoon sea salt
Instant Pot Directions
- Turn your Instant Pot to the sauté function and add your finely chopped onion and garlic with a tablespoon of broth or water. Sauté until softened, approx. 5 minutes.
- Add all remaining ingredients to the pot, close the lid and make sure the valve is set to the sealing position. Then set to high pressure for 8 minutes (it will take about 20 minutes to reach pressure) and once the timer is complete, quick release the steam valve. Enjoy.
Stove Top Directions
- Add your finely chopped onion and garlic with a tablespoon of broth or water to a large pot. Sauté until softened, approx. 5 minutes.
- Then add all remaining ingredients to your pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer for about 20-25 minutes until the lentils are cooked through and potatoes are tender. Enjoy.